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Fashion designer

Fashion designers create designs for clothing, accessories and footwear. They research products and look at trends to develop new products for clients.

Find out what a fashion designer does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job.  

What is a fashion designer?

If you like fashion and keep up with trends, you might make a great fashion designer.

As a fashion designer, you’ll follow:

  • styles
  • trends
  • popular colours, fabrics and decorations
  • manufacturing processes.

You’ll use your knowledge to design fashion products for clients. This is a great role for visual, creative people.

Find out more about fashion designers and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

Search for related vocational and education training (VET) courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window)

You may be eligible for government funding(opens in a new window) to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for fashion designers in Australia is $1,025.  

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window) 

Note this salary is current as of May 2024 and is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the projected employment forecasts for fashion, industrial and jewellery designer jobs in Victoria. Figures are shown for current workers in 2023, and the expected number of new workers that will be needed by 2026.

Note that the ‘growth percentage’ and ‘new workers needed’ figures take into account replacing workers who are expected to retire in the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

Specific data is not available for fashion designers.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan1,0621.8%96
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan3241.5%27
Melbourne – southern metropolitan6681.8%62
Melbourne – northern metropolitan5151.9%49
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan6141.8%57
Melbourne – western metropolitan4201.6%37
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)901.9%<10
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)971.6%<10
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)1822.0%18
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)150.0%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)321.0%<10
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)481.6%<10
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)501.4%<10
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)381.0%<10

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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